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Cherry-blossom season is upon us: The National Park Service predicts the trees along the Tidal Basin will enter peak bloom by this weekend. That means tourists are poised to descend upon D.C. as well.
Fret not, agoraphobic nature-lovers: D.C.-based nonprofit Casey Trees has created a map displaying many of the District’s “flowering trees” and one specifically tailored to cherries (N.B.: the map depicts a variety of cherry tree species, not just the Yoshino type that surrounds the Tidal Basin). The data is based on official government sources, including the city’s departments of transportation and parks and recreation, and NPS.
Other than in the obvious spot, the cherry trees appear to be concentrated in the north and southeast parts of town—not so much downtown or on Capitol Hill (sorry, Councilmembers Jack Evans and Charles Allen).
Casey Trees’ larger map displays magnolias, lilacs, and lindens, among other several other kinds:
If shuffling, zombie-like, through crowds isn’t your idea of a fun weekend afternoon, you can view the Yoshino trees online. We live in the age of watching baby eagles hatch and stalking panda cubs on camera, after all.
Photo by Andrew Giambrone; screenshots via Casey Trees maps, created by Josh Pullin